Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anger at Plans to Build Homes on School Fields

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anger at Plans to Build Homes on School Fields

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Stockton Chief Reporter

PLANS to build homes on land previously earmarked as playing fields for a new free school have been met with major opposition.

Scores of objections have been made over proposals for 70 homes at Little Maltby Farm, Low Lane, High Leven, near Ingleby Barwick.

If approved, the development would dramatically reduce the size of the playing fields for the new Ingleby Manor free school. The application by Jersey-based developer Tiviot Way Investments seeks outline consent for up to 70 dwellings, in addition to the 350 already approved alongside the free school.

Frances Lynch, a director L of Ingleby Manor Foundation Trust, said the school was "disappointed" at the reduction of playing fields, but added: "It is completely out of our control".

"We would like a bigger site but we will still have a sufficient site for a full size under-16s football pitch and tennis courts," she said. "We're just going to have to be clever about how we use it."

Stockton Council's planning officers have recommended the scheme is approved when it goes before the planning committee on Thursday, saying it would "boost significantly" the supply of housing in the borough.

Currently Stockton Council is unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

But local councillors and Ingleby Barwick residents have slammed the plans.

Ingleby Barwick independent councillor Kevin Faulks, said: "To go from 250 houses then 350 already approved and then now to add another 70 is just not necessary and is totally disrespectful to the residents of Ingleby Barwick.

"Traffic will be a major issue on Low Lane. The traf-ffic which would be generated from this proposal would have a significant impact on the already congested road network at peak times in and around Ingleby Barwick. …

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